Michael Meets Mozart

Topics: Piano, Musical notation, Note Pages: 5 (536 words) Published: November 9, 2014
Side Notes:

Helpful Hints:

• I came up with a killer Mozart-style arrangement involving several songs by modern artists. But I ran into a roadblock with getting permissions. So I decided to do variations on a theme by making my arrangement an original tune.

• Learn the hardest parts first with the correct fingering. Instead of using a slower tempo to practice longer sections, try using the actual tempo to practice overlapping shorts
sections (as small as 2 notes...hands alone if needed).

• For those who have heard the recording or seen the video on • When I practice, it helps me to realize that it takes up to 300 YouTube, Steven Sharp Nelson laid down over 100 tracks, including (perfect) reps before muscle memory kicks-in.

cello textures never before known possible. Every single sound on the video was made using only the instruments shown: piano, cello, • I like to imagine totally soft and relaxed hand muscles as I play... think "soft hand" when approaching hard sections.

mouth percussion and kick drum. Of course we put in additional cool effects. For example the U2-style delay on Steve's pizz at the • For a two-minute-edit version, start at measure 109
beginning.
(two-minute-edit minus track available at jonschmidt.com).
• A recording of the orchestration only (minus piano) is
available at jonschmidt.com. This is very fun for live
performances with a monitor speaker next to you on
stage so you can hear the parts well.

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chills up

written by Jon Schmidt
orchestrated by Steven Sharp Nelson and Jon Schmidt

copyright ©2011
1

bow rosin (4 bars)
(sounds like a shaker)

small notes represent cello part on the recording
use small note intro if you are playing without orchestration (feel free to shorten)

10

keyboard lid sound on beat 1
17

large notes represent piano part on recording
play large notes exclusively when using orchestration

No orchestration? I'd start on m. 17
R.H. play as noted. L.H. play large notes only

Did I mention the back-up orchestration is available at jonschmidt.com? Michael meets Mozart

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L.H.

8vb
let ring as long as possible with half pedal
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imitate delay echo

let ring as long as possible with half pedal

F
35

delay echo simile

F

D

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F

A

8vb

D
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E

F

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A

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F

A

1

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2

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

F
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3

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

A
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3

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

thumb on A and B

molto cresc.

F
lid hits up against piano (optional)

60

this is what the computer prints when you slide your right elbow up the keys see the YouTube video for demonstration

lid hit

simile

Watch your fingers on the lid hit!
(I found out the hard way)

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lid hit

Michael meets Mozart

keyboard
lid hit

lid hit

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69

A

cresc.

hold simile

marcato

G

G

F

E

A

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G

G

F

E

F

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( )
delete F if you can't reach

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cresc.

cresc.

8vb

F

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Thumb on G and A

Michael meets Mozart

delete F sharp if you can't reach

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molto cresc.

crazy fingering I know, but it is the best way to play it up to tempo 4

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92

5
5

5

4

(simplified version here: remove lower octave note)

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5

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8va____________

1

Thumb on G and A

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8va________________________________________end 8va
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decresc.

8vb
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two-minute-edit start here

8va_________________________________________________________________ 1

2

1

simile

let ring as long as possible with half pedal

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end 8va
8va________________________________________________________________________________________________

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